This instructional video takes viewers into the classroom to view the foundational Picturing
Writing Time of Day Unit. DVD I provides an overview of this crayon resist-based approach, showcasing student work and sharing reflective comments by students,
teachers, and administrators. Filmed in Nunavut, this video demonstrates how Picturing Writing can be easily integrated across any curriculum. DVD II provides
step-by-step lessons detailing the four steps of Artists/Writers Workshop in a fifth-grade classroom and a combination one-two classroom. This video can be used as
an introduction to the process or as follow-up to a workshop. (168 minutes) Price: $275 with instructional package
(teachers manual, Time of Day sample books, Time of Day poster, Artist/Writers Workshop poster, and Artists Frame). Group rates available for instructional materials.
The Picturing Writing Weather Poetry Unit teaches poetry in a way that is concrete and engaging.
Visit Susan O’Byrne’s third-grade classroom as Susan facilitates Artists/Writers Workshop during her Picturing Writing Weather Poetry Unit. Over 3½ hours of video
content offers an overview of the entire unit as well as detailed art and writing lessons for three different types of weather.
Price: $260 with instructional package (teachers manual, Picturing Writing weather poetry mentor text,
weather poster, Artists/Writers Workshop poster, and Artists Frame). Group rates available for additional instructional materials.
NEW! Creating Winter Stories
in Pictures and Words
The Picturing Writing Winter Story Unit teaches narrative writing in a way that is concrete
and engaging. Treating words and pictures as equal languages for learning, students study the work of professional authors and illustrators. As they create their
own quality picture books, they gain skills as artists and writers.
Visit Doreen Duhaime’s first-grade classroom as she and Picturing Writing developer Beth Olshansky facilitate the Winter Story Unit. Following a 30-minute overview
of the process, this 3-disc set offers a progression of step-by-step art and writing lessons. Teachers can view individual chapters prior to facilitating each lesson
with students or can invite students into the Doreen’s classroom to watch the process unfold firsthand. (6 hours of video; easily adapted for grades K-5)
Price: $300 with instructional package that includes teachers manual, sample book, winter station labels, winter techniques poster, Artists/Writers Workshop poster, and Artists Frame.
Group rates available for multiple sets).
Visit a classroom of English language learners, grades 3-5, to view Artists/Writers Workshop and the Picturing Writing process in action. Following a lively introduction to this diverse classroom community replete with student and teacher reflections
on the process, this instructional video offers step-by-step lessons detailing exactly how this Picturing Writing research-based poetry unit unfolds. Appropriate for both teachers of native English speakers and English language learners, this DVD can
be used by veteran Picturing Writing teachers as well as those fairly new to the process. (109 minutes) Price: $180 with instructional package that includes teachers manual, sample animal tri-fold, Artists/Writers Workshop poster and Artists Frame (Inquire about group rates for multiple packets.)
Coming to America: Telling Our Stories
in Pictures and Words
Watch the Image-Making Immigration Unit unfold in two very different
classrooms as newcomers to this country and native English speakers reconstruct their family immigration stories using collage made
from hand-painted papers. While immigrant and refugee students record their own recent immigration experience in pictures and words,
students whose families immigrated long ago conduct research, then recreate (and experience) the journey of their first ancestor to
travel to America. Following a comprehensive overview of the project, teachers will visit the classroom to view the facilitation of
key lessons. (205 minutes) Price: $325 with instructional package (includes teachers manual, sample books, related DVDs, Image-Making
station labels, Artists/Writers Workshop poster, and Artists Frame. Group rates available for multiple sets.)
The video clips available for viewing on this page are segments from longer DVDs which take you into a several different classrooms to preview a variety of Picturing Writing and Image-Making projects.
Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art and Image-Making Within the Writing Process
This 16-minute DVD offers a lively overview of two dynamic art-based literacy models that have been proven effective in improving literacy skills by offering students visual and kinesthetic as well as verbal modes of thinking at each and every stage of the writing process. Visit two classrooms (grades 1 and 2) with fairly high percentages of at-risk students. Observe students as they work in earnest to craft their own literary masterpieces, witness their extraordinary work, and listen to their voices as they reflect on their experiences. Watch how these two art-based approaches to literacy learning level the playing field, allowing all students to succeed. Price: $20.00
Our Stories in Pictures and Words As Told by Immigrant and Refugee Children
During this 13-minute DVD, witness a classroom of English Language Learners, new to the country, many of whom have never painted before, become captivated by a lively–art-based approach to literacy learning. As students, grades 3-5, participate in Image-Making Within The Writing Process®, they are given the opportunity to literally reconstruct their life stories using collage made from their own hand-painted papers. As these immigrant and refugee students give shape to their experiences, they become highly motivated to learn the English words to tell their family story. The bold, colorful images students create, together with their words, paint a compelling picture as well as demonstrate the power of treating words and pictures as equal languages for learning.